Do Something Good for Your Neighbor

At Holy Trinity, our faith and Ignatian tradition call us to build a more just world that upholds dignity, equality and access to social and economic opportunity for all. During this unprecedented time, the needs of our local and international community continue. This year we invited you to participate on May 16 as part of National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day. While the "official day" is over, our community needs your help the other 364 days of the year. We have provided ongoing opportunities from our social justice volunteers and partners.

Holy Trinity Partner Projects

SOME Summer Bags
Thanks to you, we collected over 1000 snack bags on May 16 and over 1200 in June!.  Since our monthly on-site service is discontinued, we invite you to continue this simple act of preparing snack bags. We heard from many of you what an opportunity it was to work with your children and to discuss hunger in our community. We will collect bags on July 18 and August 22Sign up.

What to Pack in Your SOME Summer Bag

Be a Pen Pal
Several of our partners are offering pen pal programs. Please consider participating:

*The Welcome Home pentorship program partners you with an inmate on the path to release. This simple act accompanies people returning to society by hearing what they want to do with their lives and using everyday practical wisdom to accompany them as they try to achieve their goals. A willing heart is all that is needed. For more details contact Ron Garrett.

* Write letters to folks who are incarcerated and are experiencing social isolation at this time with the Malta Pen Pal Program. To get involved, email Doug at maltapenpalprogram@gmail.com.

Knitting for Kino Club
Knitting is a fun and creative outlet, and it is known to reduce stress and increase literacy. Now is a great time to start a new hobby or dust off your knitting needles to make baby blankets for our friends at the border.  As border policies have shifted over time, we've seen more and more single moms and families at the Kino Border Initiative - and sometimes these are very young moms with infants or babies. The blanket you are making will keep one of these children warm on a cold desert night or on a long bus ride. Instructions.

Housing Up Back to School Drive (Bridge the Digital Divide!)
Housing Up is launching its annual Back to School Drive and this year there is a new focus on bridging the digital divide for our families. In an effort to make sure no Housing Up child is left out of participating in virtual education this fall and beyond, we are shifting the main item of the drive from backpacks and traditional school supplies to providing our families with a high quality personal tablet. Wish list

City Kids Senior Scholarship Initiative
City Kids works to provide scholarships for tuition, books, travel to school and related items that support their post secondary educational goals of their program participants. This year, there are 12 seniors graduating with plans to attend local institutions like The University of the District of Columbia and Trinity University and farther campuses like Dickinson College and the University of Wyoming. Holy Trinity provided a $3,000 grant to City Kids as part of our annual tithe. They are still trying to raise the remaining $5,500 to provide a $1,000 scholarship to each graduate. Donate

 

 

 

Additional Ideas & Opportunities

Order of Malta Food Drive for Fr. McKenna Center

The Order of Malta in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County will collect non-perishable food on  June 28, for the Father McKenna Center (FMC).  FMC operates a daily Food Pantry for families, particularly seniors, who are residents of Ward 6 in Washington DC.  Families may visit the Food Pantry as often as every two weeks to obtain both non-perishable and fresh goods.  Food comes from the Capital Area Food Bank (which has provided less in recent weeks), private and group donations, and purchases made possible by donors. Details on Food Drive

On your daily walk, pick up trash in your neighborhood or park.

Decorate your front door with messages of hope and encouragement. Do you have a sidewalk? Chalk similar messages and pictures.

Invitation from Friendship Place
The Neighbors First Family Division supports over 100 highly vulnerable, chronically homeless families in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). To make it easy for your congregations to assist these families, Friendship has set up an Amazon wish list with household items needed as families get settled.